Over the years I’ve made a lot of stupid travel mistakes.
There was the time I was supposed to have a meeting in Ubud (the center of the island in Bali) and after two hours of riding my motorbike, I ended up at the ocean.
There’s the time I almost lost my laptop at Boston Logan International Airport.
There’s the time I got in a shady cab in Guangzhou, got ripped off, and then had to wait outside my friend’s door until they remembered I was showing up…at 4am. Fortunately I was able to guess their wifi password…
But all of those pale in comparison to that one time in Japan….
That time, that I got on a bus in Niseko, preparing for over 24 hours of straight travel, back to the United States, and 30 minutes into the bus ride it hit me.
I left my passport at the hotel.
They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words – but I think this video does a better job of summing up the experience of losing your passport, better than I ever could:
Fortunately it looks like I’ll get a do over, as I’ll be back in Japan for a couple days in November.